According to the KC Star the Chiefs have signed free agent cornerback Ty Law. Earlier in the afternoon the Boston Globe reported that the deal will tie Law to the Chiefs for five years and pay him a reported $30 million.
After losing out on the Ty Law sweepstakes a year ago, the Chiefs worked diligently and patiently to sign the biggest prize from the 2006 free agent class.
This afternoon the two sides were able to get a contract hammered out. Just minutes ago, Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson issued this statement.
"After a very lengthy negotiation that was many times on and off again, we are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Ty Law and his representatives," Peterson commented. "Obviously Ty Law comes to us with tremendous experience and credentials at the cornerback position. He has played in World Championship games and numerous Pro Bowls. His experience and leadership should be a tremendous asset to our secondary. Certainly Ty's relationship with Herm Edwards played a role in this negotiation. Both Herm and Ty are pleased to be back on the same team once again. We hope that Ty can be as productive for the Kansas City Chiefs as he was last year with the N.Y. Jets."
This ends a saga that began last year when Ty Law toured a host of cities. He eventually landed in New York after spurring offers from the Chiefs and a host of other teams.
Last year the Jets cornerback had 10 interceptions and was a bright light on an injury plagued team.
When Law agreed to give back $1 million of his signing bonus in February to be released prior to the start of free agency in March; rumors suggested that Kansas City was a contender for his services.
In the last several weeks talks heated up with the Chiefs. Over the last three days it became clear that Law would sign either with Kansas City or the New England since no other teams were clamoring for his services.
As we learned several weeks ago, the deciding factor for Law to find a new home in 2006, besides money, boiled down to the fact Law wanted to play under Herman Edwards again.
"We are getting a true pro," Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards commented. "I think when you watch this guy play the first thing you realize about him is that he is very, very competitive. He has great ball awareness and is savvy as a player. He plays through pain. He is the type of guy that wants to play. He has great pride in what he can do and what type of player he is."
"When I was in Kansas City I scouted Ty at Michigan, so I know a lot about the guy and I felt that when he came out of college he was going to be a very good player in our league," Edwards continued. "You are talking about a guy who potentially has Hall of Fame credentials. We got to coach him last year. He came in and did a great job on a team that was decimated by injuries. He was hurting, too, but he came to a new team and got 10 interceptions. That says a lot about a type of player we are getting. He will do a tremendous job with our young guys and he will be a tremendous asset to our secondary."
Law and Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain give the Chiefs defense one of the best starting duos in the NFL.
The deal won't be official until Law passes a physical but that should happen sometime on Monday when he's expected to be in Kansas City.
Chiefs Sign Ty Law
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